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For the Birds (Short Film Comprehension Task)
This resource could be used as a presentation for a whole class lesson or as a literacy group activity. It requires very little preparation which makes it a fantastic relief / substitute teaching resource too! It includes:
- Web links to film (internet access required)
- Super Six Comprehension Strategies (predicting, visualising, monitoring, connecting, questioning and summarising)
- Guiding questions for discussion before, during and after watching the short film
- Writing task ideas
I find short films to be a highly engaging tool to help students develop their comprehension skills. Many short films are wordless which means students really need to draw upon their abilities to predict or infer, question, monitor, visualise, connect and summarise the information presented in order to thoroughly understand the text.
SOAR is a short animated film about a young girl who must help a tiny boy pilot fly home before it's too late. The storyline explores concepts of innovation, failure, perseverance and teamwork.